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Mar 17 2014
Brewery Creates 'Tsunami IPA' to Honor '64 Good Friday Events PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014

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           Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami, and many organizations have planned commemorative events. Even the Kodiak Island Brewing Co. got on board – brewing a special Tsunami IPA to honor the devastating events half a century ago.
           Ben Millstein owns the brewery and said the idea to brew a special beer for the event actually came from some off island visitors.
           “Actually there were a bunch of folks in the brewery who were part of a statewide group, and I forget who the group was unfortunately, and they were going to museums and going to sites and talking about the upcoming anniversary and they were asking are you doing anything for the anniversary and I said no we don’t really do a lot of events. I’m not a big party planner. And he said, well we were just looking at the flood line and it went right through that building that we’re in and so he showed me kind of where it went on that property and stuff like that and we were just thinking about it and we thought hey, Tsunami IPA that’s a good name, and we were getting ready to brew a new IPA anyway.”
            The high water line from the ’64 tsunami actually bisects the brewery building, which is located downtown at the “Y.” Millstein said they discussed actually drawing a line through the main lobby of the brewery to mark the water line, but the flooring they have right now isn’t ideal for something like that.
             As for the beer itself, the Brewery’s new head brewer, Naga Reshi, said creating it was a fun collaboration with Millstein.
             “Well me and Ben did it together. And we wanted to create a beer to commemorate the historic event. It’s a big beer. It’s 7.5 percent alcohol. It’s very hoppy and kind of bitter, so you know it’s kind of a big beer for a big event. We’re pretty excited, we released it what, last Friday, something like that, to a very good reception.”
              The Tsunami IPA seems to be a hit, and Millstein said it’s selling fast. So fast, in fact, that they had to brew an additional batch to make sure it would last until the actual anniversary on March 27.
               “Since we were targeting the anniversary we didn’t’ want it to run out before that came so we just brewed another double batch of it so we’ll have it at least through that. We might run out of it for a few days, I don’t know, but we’ll have it at least through the anniversary and for a few more weeks.”
               The commemorative beer is one of 11 options the brewery currently has on tap. Tune in to KMXT’s Talk of the Rock tomorrow at 12:30 to hear the full interview with Millstein and Reshi, including upcoming specialty beers and other future plans for Kodiak’s local brewery.

 
Mar 17 2014
Ford Challenges Incumbents for KEA Board PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014

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    There will be some competition for the three open seats on the Kodiak Electric Association board of directors this year. Four candidates have filed, three incumbents and Clifford Ford.
    Ford is seeking to unseat Ron Acarregui, Ben Millstein or Cecil Ranney.
    Ballots will be mailed to KEA members next week, and must be mailed back before April 18th. The results will be announced at the 72nd annual membership meeting on April 21st.
    The e-mails of all four candidates are available at Kodiak Electric dot com, and the organization encourages members to contact them directly with questions about their candidacy.

 
Mar 14 2014
Blizzard Delays Kennicott Docking PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014

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    The Alaska State Ferry Kennicott, which was supposed to dock in Kodiak this morning at 7 a.m. was delayed due to the severe weather and high winds.
    Ferry System spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the Kennicott’s skipper was advised by the Kodiak Harbor Master’s Office to hold off docking until the wind died down.
    The 382-foot vessel reversed course and sailed a holding pattern beyond the reefs in Chiniak Bay until about 11, when it sailed back in and docked just before noon.

 
Mar 14 2014
KHS Volleyball Player Joins Team Alaska at Arctic Games PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014

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           Kodiak High School Junior Isabelle Riina has made quite a splash in the statewide volleyball community. She starred on Kodiak’s record breaking varsity squad this fall and went on to be named the best defensive player in Alaska.
           After that she was offered a position in Anchorage’s prestigious Midnight Sun Volleyball Club and has been traveling back and forth to the mainland for the past few months to participate in tournaments and games.    

          Now, Riina will compete on an international level this weekend when she takes the court at the Arctic Winter Games as part of Team Alaska. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with the volleyball sensation and asked her how she first heard about competing in the games. 
          Riina joins two other Kodiak athletes heading to Fairbanks for the international competition. Freshman Krystal Fabricante and Junior Joel Valdez will compete in the wrestling portion of the games.
           The Arctic Games start on Saturday and run through March 22. The games are a circumpolar sport competition that brings athletes from northern and arctic nations together to promote athleticism and culture. Wrestling and volleyball are two of of about 18 sports featured during the week-long event, including snowboarding, figure skating and cross country skiing, among others.

 
Mar 14 2014
Lions Clubs Hopes to Commemorate '64 Earthquake, Tsunami Deaths PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014

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           As the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami nears, the Kodiak Lions Club is hoping to install a commemorative plaque on the spit.
           During those tragic events more than half a century ago the village of Afognak was decimated and many people lost their lives. The surviving villagers were relocated to what is now known as Port Lions, with the help of the United States government and the village’s namesake, the Lions Club.
            Doc Myers is a past president and current member of Kodiak Lions Club and said records show that 22 people from around the archipelago died during the earthquake and tsunami. During Tuesday’s City Council work session, Myers presented the club’s hopes to honor those individuals.
            “And in that period of time we had a lot of drownings and they weren’t really verified there’s some rule about 50 years has to go by and we finally have a list of all the names of people that were in the Kodiak Archipelago. And a lot of the last names you’ll recognize. We have in years past made monuments before. Which if you’ve ever been to Abercrombie you’ve seen our veteran one, which is basically molded bronze – something that time won’t erode. And we’ve been working on this for a couple of months until it was legal to get the names and they were certified.”
             Myers said the club has obtained a 3,000-pound rock from the granite quarry on Afognak Island, and hopes to mount a plaque on it that memorializes the events of March 27, 1964, and lists the names of those who were killed. He said the club had to do a lot of digging to make sure they weren’t leaving any names out. All total, he said around 118 people died across the state of Alaska.
             The club also hopes to hold a commemoration ceremony to go with the placement of the plaque. Myers said last year’s international president of the world will be in Kodiak celebrating the Lions Club’s 50th anniversary around that time, and the hope is to hold a small ceremony on April 5 to dedicate the plaque and read the names it includes.
              The city council was very receptive to the plaque and commemoration idea, and City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said she didn’t think there was a formal process needed for the memorial. She asked that the Lions Club check with the city’s planning and zoning department and harbor office to make sure they find an appropriate location on the spit.

 
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